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Reading at Deykin JI School


Children who love to read are much more likely to succeed in all subjects and achieve academic success later in life. Following on from the early phonics work, the children progress to understand and enjoy a range of high-quality texts which have been chosen based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Daily reading sessions provide opportunities for encouraging and embedding reading for pleasure. Similarly, whole class texts and reading books for each year group are ambitious, thought provoking and support our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Embedding a Love of Reading

To promote a love of reading at Deykin Avenue JI School, we use a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes, and non-fiction texts. We also:


  • Create class book corners which inspire and motivate
  • Have daily storytime sessions across the school
  • Celebrate reading weekly with awards in our celebration assemblies
  • Provide weekly timetabled library sessions
  • Work with Birmingham Library Services
  • Have Reading Ambassadors that promote a love of books all year round


Early Reading


All early readers study phonics daily using the Read, Write, Inc scheme. The expectation is that pupils will have successfully completed the programme by the end of the autumn term in year 2. If they do not reach this goal, additional interventions will be offered daily to accelerate their progress.


Accelerated Reader

We have recently bought into AR for KS2; each half term, a Star Reader test allows us to measure each pupil’s progress in reading and provides us with accurate data on which library books they should be reading to provide the correct level of challenge for their unique needs.



For pupils with barriers to reading, we support in the form of daily Lexia sessions. This software intuitively baselines each child and guides them through areas for development, providing lessons when difficulties arise, which are delivered by our SEND Teaching Assistant Mrs. Kerr.

Whole Class Reading


In these lessons, all the children in the class are immersed in the same high-quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote. These texts could be whole books, extracts of books or short non-fiction pieces. Teaching the whole class means that all pupils can read with the teacher more often, moving faster through more texts, or longer texts, and benefiting from the teacher’s expert explanations, modelling, questioning and feedback. It enables pupils of all abilities to access more complicated texts and content.


Children are taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) through the use of VIPERS which were created by Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed).


VIPERS is an anagram to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for:

The Reading Vipers can be used by both KS1 and KS2 with a little adaption. The main difference being in the S.

Sequence – KS1

Summarise – KS2

Whole Class Reading Texts

Deykin Avenue JI School English Curriculum: Class Texts



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Who’s in the Loo


Rhymes: Incy Wincy Spider

Humpty Dumpty


Rhymes: Jack and Jill


Pardon Said the Giraffe


Rhymes: Mary had a little Lamb




Row, Row, Row your boat

Supermarket Zoo



Old Macdonald

The Bear and the Piano



Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star


Year 1

A Squash and a squeeze


Pumpkin Soup  


Poetry - Scarecrow Christmas by Pie Corbett

Little Red


Poetry -  Monday’s Child by Mother Goose

The Colour Monster


Traction man


Poetry – acrostic – The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll


Dogs Don’t do Ballet


Year 2

Hibernation Hotel



Meerkat Mail  


Poetry - Christmas Haiku Pie Corbett

The Day the Crayons Quit

Dread Cat


Poetry - The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

The Dark


Poetry - The Sound Collector by roger McGough


The Magic Finger

Year 3

Fantastic Mr Fox




The Worst Witch

 Poetry - The Twelve Days of Christmas

Jim and The Beanstalk

Poetry -  Volcano by Joshua Seigal

The diary of a Killer Cat

Spy Fox – Film Unit


Poetry - You’re by Sylvia Plath


The Night Bus Hero

Year 4

Georges Marvellous medicine


Poetry - Little Red by Roald Dahl


The lost thing by Shaun Tan


Poetry – The Grinch



Poetry – The Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning

Arthur and The Golden Rope




My name is not Refugee

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


Poetry - Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Year 5

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone


Poetry - From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson




Poetry - In the bleak midwinter

By Christina Rossetti



Varjak Paw


Poetry - Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou


The Tempest  

The Ways of the Wolf


Poetry - The Tyger by William Blake



Year 6

Orphans of the Tide


Poetry - The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson



Poetry – Twas the night before Christmas


The Boy in the Tower


Poetry - Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S Eliot


The Nowhere Emporium


Poetry - The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes

Romeo and Juliet


Poetry - Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou


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